The $100 Cocktail At The Little Nell In Aspen

We hear it's a must-try. Recipe included.

C2 Photography The Manhattan 100 Cocktail The Little Nell




Reportedly, the Aspen crowd can’t stop raving about a one-of-a-kind après-ski cocktail.

It’s called the Manhattan 100, served exclusively at the element 47 restaurant at five-star luxury hotel The Little Nell in Aspen, Colo. The drink combines bourbon, homemade sweet vermouth, and cherries, to name a few (the full recipe is below). The price? $100.

Yes, if you want to experience the Manhattan 100, you’ll have to shell out a nice, crisp benjamin. Fortunately, according to sources who’ve tried it, the Manhattan 100 is well worth its rather exorbitant price tag. Plus, the venue is known for excellent service; the cocktail is prepared individually on a cart beside each guest’s table. Remember, if you’re bringing a date along, consider your expenses for the evening. We’re talking about a minimum of a $200-$400 bill for a couple of drinks (these aren’t exactly happy hour prices).

The continuation of this story and the complete cocktail recipe can be found below.

Manhattan 100 Cocktail The Little Nell Aspen $100 cocktail

The Little Nell’s Element 47 restaurant | Image courtesy of C2 Photography

But here’s another way of looking at it: it’s not just a drink, it’s an experience — and most likely, an unforgettable one. Can’t make it to Aspen? Using the recipe below provided by the great folks at The Little Nell, you can make this $100 drink at home:

The Little Nell's Manhattan 100 Cocktail
Serves 1
The ultimate luxury cocktail; a delicious blend of bourbon, house made sweet vermouth, cherries... and, well, keep reading to find out more!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 oz Michter’s 10-year Bourbon
  2. 2 oz Little Nell House Made Sweet Vermouth
  3. 6 drops element 47 Orange Bitters
  4. House made Coffee and Cocoa Nib Cherries
  5. House made Chinese Five Spice Cherries
Instructions
  1. In a glass mixing beaker, fill with large ice and add the Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, and Orange Bitters.
  2. Stir with a long cocktail spoon for about 2 minutes or until a very thin layer of frost starts to form on the outside of the beaker.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass and serve.
Notes
  1. Photo Credit: C2 Photography
  2. The Manhattan 100 cocktail is exclusively served at Element 47 at The Little Nell in Aspen
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